It’s a no surprise anymore for the whole league when it comes to swapping players from time to time in order for them to improve their franchise. With the 9-time All Star point guard Chris Paul had sent off by the Houston Rockets agreed in exchange with Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook and two first-round draft picks, Paul admittedly felt that he was “stabbed in the back”. Get all the intensifying games you need only here at 12BTi Sportsbook and win together with your favorite teams!
All throughout from Chris Paul’s career in the NBA, the way he left Houston had really caught him off-guard from the last offseason. Kevin Hart’s season 3 of Cold as Balls had a clear conversation from Paul explaining what really went down.
From the middle segment of their talk, Hart asked directly to Paul with regards to being involved in these trades happening in the league, either only business or turns into personal, Paul said ”Every situation is different. But the team is going to do whatever they want to do. They’ll tell you one thing and do a smooth nother thing.”
Followed up by Hart’s question if Paul found a clear eye-opening or as a stab in the back, Paul replied, “Absolutely. This last situation was one of them. You know, the GM in Houston, he don’t owe me nothing. He may tell me one thing, but do another thing, but you just understand that’s what it is.”
From this point forward, taking note from Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey stated publicly about this blockbuster trade was his ‘most intense’ of his career. Despite announcing back from the Dan Patrick Show that Chris Paul and James Harden wouldn’t be traded last summer and the tension between the two superstars arose from a competitive desire towards grabbing the title, and yet, here we are, Morey, eating his words.
Dan Patrick: “Is everybody available on the roster?”
Daryl Morey: “No.”
Patrick: “Who is not available?”
Morey: “Chris and James.”
Patrick: “You’re saying that no matter what anybody offers, anybody calls, that Chris Paul and James Harden will be in the backcourt next season?”
Morey: “I mean, again, we were the best team down the stretch. We spent a lot of time putting together two superstars. We’re trying to add a third. Going backwards from that doesn’t make a lot of sense for us.”
No wonder why Chris Paul is pissed after the trade. Now with the Oklahoma City roster averaging 15.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, and 5.5 assists per game on a 4-7 team record is still an early time to call to determine having all the adjustments of their roster, the good thing is that Paul is happy to be back where the community embraced him in his early days entering the league.
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